Musical Theater

Apparently, on Broadway and elsewhere, one can break out into song over any topic imaginable, no matter how odd. Here are a dozen real-life musicals covering such weird and improbable subjects as Jerry Springer, Hannibal Lecter, and public restrooms. Here are some well known and lesser known musicals.  Note the subject matter that is used for the storyline.

What makes a musical?  What medium qualifies a play as a musical? Keep in mind the genre and it's evolution.

Watch the following clips and discuss how they qualify or don't  as a musical (regardless of the quality of performance):

 ALERT:  strong language may be offensive

1. Zigfield Follies